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The influence of living conditions on adolescent girls' health
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7368-953X
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9194-3244
Linnæus University.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 7, 19059- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Adolescence is described by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare as the healthiest period in life. However, adolescent girls differ in that they self-report that their health decreases with age. The aim of this hermeneutical study was to describe the meaning of living conditions in relation to adolescent girls' health. Guided by principles of reflective lifeworld research, 15 interviews with adolescent girls were analysed. The result section consists of four narratives with their existential interpretations illustrating different ways of approaching living conditions and their meaning for health and wellbeing. The narratives are: Approaching everyday life in a balanced way-feeling harmonious; approaching everyday life with ambiguity-feeling confused; approaching everyday life as an intellectual project-striving for control; approaching everyday life as a struggle-feeling forlorn. In addition, a comprehensive understanding was developed by using the lifeworld dimensions: lived body, lived room, lived time, and lived relations. These dimensions may deepen the understanding of important parts of those living conditions which are meaningful for the girls' health and well-being. By using the dimensions, complex living conditions have been explored and the meaning of different parts clarified. The girls' thoughts and feelings are often ambiguous and sometimes contradictory, depending on the situation. The health of adolescent girls needs to be understood against the background of their experiences of living conditions. One way to support their health and well-being seems to be to supply them with forums where they can talk about their living conditions.

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CoAction Publishing, 2012. Vol. 7, 19059- p.
Keyword [en]
Child, teenage, youth, female, women, personal circumstances, well-being, experiences, lifeworld dimensions, existential
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Nursing
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-7027DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v7i0.19059ISI: 000312063000001PubMedID: 23237626Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875188633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-7027DiVA: diva2:590023
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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